Smoke and Obscurant Systems
For thousands of years military forces have created smoke screens or deployed obscurants to hide movements or defeat enemy targeting. For over thirty years, OptiMetrics’ scientists and engineers have assisted the US government in evaluating the effectiveness of smokes and obscurants in battlefield scenarios. Our primary emphasis has been in modeling smoke and obscurant systems’ abilities to protect combat vehicles from sophisticated electro-optical sensors and advanced weapon systems. During this period we have developed and utilized various software models and simulations to assist in the design of smoke/obscurant systems and evaluate their effectiveness. The Smoke System Performance Model (SSPM) simulates the smoke/obscurant clouds created by combat vehicle mounted grenade and engine smoke systems, and how those clouds evolve over time. We have developed the Tactical Image Model (TIM) which simulates the capabilities of electro-optical imaging systems to “see” targets in obscured conditions. We have also developed versions of TIM which model the capabilities of tactical missiles to track targets in obscured environments, and incorporated obscurant modeling into a variety of combat simulations.
- Design vehicle self-screening obscurant systems
- Evaluated new obscurant concepts for defeating infrared and millimeter wave target acquisition sensors
- Simulate obscurant system effectiveness as one components of an integrated survivability suite